How to Connect Soundbar to PC

This emindsca teaches you how to connect a soundbar speaker to a Windows PC.

Method 1 Using Bluetooth (Wireless)

1. Power on the soundbar.

If the soundbar is battery-powered, insert the batteries, then press the power button.

If the soundbar requires a power source, plug its power cable into a wall outlet or power strip, then press the power button.

2. Turn on the soundbar’s pairing mode. The steps vary depending on the model, but you’ll usually need to press a button somewhere on the soundbar to make it discoverable by your PC.

For steps specific to your model, consult the instruction manual for your soundbar.

Some soundbars automatically enter pairing mode.

3. Navigate to the Windows 10 Action Center. It’s the square chat bubble in the taskbar to the right of the clock, which is usually at the bottom of the screen. A small number may appear over the icon.

4. Bluetooth should be turned on. Find the “Bluetooth” tile, which has a small icon that resembles a sideways bowtie.

Bluetooth is already turned on if the tile is a lighter colour and says “Not Connected” (or displays the name of a connected device).

Click the “Bluetooth” tile if it is dark in colour and says “Bluetooth.”

5. In the Action Center, select the Connect tile. It has a computer screen and speaker icon. Windows will now perform a device scan.

5. When the soundbar appears, click it. This is the cable that connects the PC to the soundbar. All audio will be routed to the soundbar once connected.

Once paired, your PC will automatically connect to the speaker whenever it comes into range.

Method 2 Using an AUX Cable

1. Power on the soundbar.

If the soundbar is battery-powered, insert the batteries, then press the power button.

If the soundbar requires a power source, plug its power cable into a wall outlet or power strip, then press the power button.

2. Connect one end of the AUX cable to the sound port on your PC. Insert the 3.5mm jack into the port that shows a small headphones icon. It’s typically located on the side of a laptop’s keyboard or on the front of a desktop computer.

3. Connect the AUX cable to the soundbar’s other end. The location varies depending on the device, but the port is usually labelled “AUX.” When the connection is established, Windows will begin playing audio through the soundbar.

Method 3 Using an Optical Audio (Toslink) Cable

1. Power on the soundbar.

Insert the batteries, then press the power button, if the soundbar is battery-powered.

If the soundbar requires power, plug it into a wall outlet or power strip, then press the power button.

2. One end of a Toslink cable should be inserted into the soundbar. If your soundbar has a Toslink (also known as optical audio) port, you can connect it to your PC with an optical audio cable. Typically, the port is labelled “TOSLINK” or “OPTICAL.”

Toslink is a type of optical audio cable that is commonly used to connect home theatre systems to digital electronics like DVD players.

3. Connect the other end of the Toslink cable to your computer. Typically, the port is labelled “TOSLINK,” “OPTICAL,” or “DIGITAL AUDIO OUT.” If you have a desktop computer, it should be on the back panel. If you have a laptop, chances are it’s on one of the sides. When connected, your PC will route all audio to the soundbar.

Some slimmer laptops may lack a TOSLINK port.

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